2209: Safe-blowers

2209: Safe-blowers
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The unclued lights (two of two words) are to be linked with one of the clued lights in translation. All resulting phrases, one doubly hyphened, can be confirmed in Chambers or Brewer.


1    Roots out – the meal is ready (7, two words)

6    Hood cleans out, applying pressure (7, two words)

11    Some dark colcothar returned on the hour (6)

12    Out east, they played with girl – and no mistake (7)

16    Move rapidly and tread lightly to start with, when jogging (6)

17    Drink with these trifles! (6)

19    Angry moments … as they are? (9)

21    Attacked outcrop in Southern Sea (7)

26    Come down to earth with a bump (9, hyphened)

29    Count in small home says more (7)

32    French stone for support again (6)

35    Acclaim old partner with fortune, returning (5)

36    Strength of character and passion when bishop enters (5)

37    Composer is brought back in irons, writhing (7)

38    Arising from itself is easy, it turned out (6)

39    Feeling sad, even nervous, starting to confess (7)

40    Fabric losing everything – now in shreds (7)


1    Object of worship and some of the French in the gallery (7)

2    Some fanciful traditionalist? No! (5)

5    Trimmed roulade in hamper (6)

6    Eavesdrop as a radio fan? (8, two words)

7    Waste material from college staff (6)

8    Dirt Elise’s shifted creating such a state? (10)

9    Huge profits when corruption is eliminated (9, hyphened)

10    Printing machine that is a gift (7)

13    Religion providing health to the French with fresh air (8)

18    Network OOXX (10, hyphened)

20    Thin decoration or extension (8, two words)

22    Son, most spiteful, most ditsy (9)

23    Unit among ten converted (8)

25    Associate where boxers fight, recovering (8)

26    The men in blue have butterflies (7)

27    Seabirds with very large victims (7)

28    Hydrocarbon obtained from oil with iron and nitrogen mixed (6)

31    Radio 4’s Mair in a whirl, we’re told (5)

34    Bevan at conclusion of summit gets Stalin’s reply (4)

A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 18 May. There are two runners-up prizes of £20. (UK solvers can choose to receive the latest edition of the Chambers Dictionary instead of cash— ring the word ‘Dictionary’.) Entries to: Crossword 2209, The Spectator, 22 Old Queen Street, London SW1H 9HP. Please allow six weeks for prize delivery.

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